Lodge Pro-Grid Cast Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle
Last updated date: December 21, 2020
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With this griddle, you can use one side to grill your favorite meats and the other side to griddle up a stack of pancakes. The seasoned cast iron material and easy grip handles are two additional reasons this model is a top choice among competitors. Of course, the large cooktop that spans two burners isn't bad either. During our testing, we liked that it could cook a lot of things at once and that it has a drip tray. It really functioned like a grill.
In our analysis of 59 expert reviews, the Lodge Lodge Pro-Grid Cast Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle placed 1st when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
From The Manufacturer
The Lodge Cast Iron reversible Grill/Griddle features a slight slope for a generous grease gutter. The Grill/Griddle measures 20-inches x 10-inches with an actual cooking surface is 19.25-inch x 8.5-inch, serious enough to straddle either a campfire or two burners on your stovetop. The reversible feature, of this crowd-pleasing cooker, means you can use the smooth side for cooking flapjacks, eggs, and grilled cheese sandwiches, and the ridged grill side for hamburgers, steaks and sausages. A slight slope drains fat into a generous grease gutter, and the two loop-style handles provide safe transport. Cast iron loves a campfire, a stovetop, or an oven, and can slow-cook foods without scorching. It retains heat well so you can sear meat at higher temperatures and will keep your delicious meals warm for a long time. Whether used in a kitchen or camp, theses virtually indestructible cookware should last for generations. Made of cast iron, this grill evenly distributes heat from the bottom through the sidewalls. Sporting a stylish black color, the cast iron cookware looks good in most kitchens and it doubles up as an excellent source of nutritional iron. This pre-seasoned grill is ready-to-use right out of the box. While the cookware comes pre-seasoned to prevent food from sticking, it works best when sprayed or lightly coated with vegetable oil before use. The Lodge seasoning procedure is a multiple-step process in which the seasoning oil is applied via an electrostatic spray system that coats the cookware, then it’s baked in commercial ovens at very high temperatures. This allows the oil to penetrate deeply into the pores of the iron. This seasoning process achieves a seasoned finish that would take many months of home use to achieve. Sometimes during this process, the seasoning oil can collect and create a bubble or slight drip at the bottom of the pan as it’s hanging through the production process. And that in turn can turn brown as it’s processed through the seasoning ovens. This brown spot is not rust but in fact, carbonized seasoning and will darken with use. The factory seasoning process makes Lodge cast iron products ready to use right out of the box, and the product over time “Just keeps getting better”. After cooking, clean with a stiff nylon brush and hot water. Using soap is not recommended, and harsh detergents should never be used. Towel dry immediately and apply a light coating of oil to utensil while it is still warm. Cast Iron, like your grandmother used, still ranks as one of the best cooking utensils ever made. It gives you a nearly non-stick surface, without the possible harmful fumes generated by preheating chemically treated nonstick cookware. The American-based company, Lodge, has been fine-tuning its construction of rugged, cast-iron cookware for more than a century. Glass lids are oven safe up to 400 degree fahrenheit Amazon.com The American-based company Lodge has been fine-tuning its construction of rugged, cast-iron cookware for more than a century. No other metal is as long-lasting and works as well for spreading and retaining heat evenly during cooking. Lodge's Logic line of cookware comes factory pre-seasoned with the company's vegetable oil formula, and is ready to use right out of the box. This professional-size cast-iron grill/griddle combo from the Lodge Logic series measures 20 by 10-1/2 inches (with an actual cooking surface of 19-1/4 by 8-1/2 inches), serious enough to straddle either a campfire or two burners on your stovetop. The reversible feature of this crowd-pleasing cooker means you can use the smooth side for cooking flapjacks, eggs, and grilled cheese sandwiches, and the ridged grill side for hamburgers, steaks, and sausages. A slight slope drains fat into a generous grease gutter, and the two loop-style handles provide safe transport. After the meal is done, simply scrub the cast iron with a stiff brush and hot water, no soap, and dry immediately. Lodge covers the sturdy griddle with a lifetime limited warranty against defects. This pan is guaranteed to pass down from one generation to the next. --Ann Bieri
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Julie Chernoff is a long-time member of Les Dames d’Escoffier (past president of the Chicago Chapter, and current co-chair of the LDEI Legacy Awards Committee), the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.
Chernoff is the dining editor of Better, a lifestyle website and print magazine. Her journalism started in the test kitchens of Weight Watchers Magazine. She holds a BA in English from Yale University and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She has spent the last few decades styling, photographing, teaching, developing recipes, editing, thinking and writing about food.
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An Overview On Grill Pans
Grill pans are an excellent cooking tool that will help you get the sear you’re looking for, even if you need to prepare a meal indoors. In fact, our resident culinary expert and the co-chair of the International Association of Culinary Professionals Julie Chernoff says: “Grill pans are just the thing when it’s too cold or rainy to head out to your outdoor grill, or if you just have a small amount to grill.”
Did you know that one of the first known meals cooked barbecue-style was mammoth ribs? It’s true! Archaeologists actually uncovered an old cooking pit back in 2009. While it’s safe to say you won’t be grilling mammoth for your family, you’ll most likely be preparing some kind of meat as the main course for your meal.
When you begin your search for the best grill pan, take a look at the materials used for construction.
“I prefer cast iron grill pans, as they retain heat better than stainless steel, and although heavier than stainless, are far better at mimicking the classic grill grates in terms of grill marks on your meats and veggies,” says Chernoff.
The Lodge Pro-Grid Cast Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle is an excellent choice, as it features a grill on one side and a griddle on the other. It’s also pre-seasoned and able to distribute heat evenly across the pan.
Another option is a grill pan made using a heavy gauge aluminum, like the Calphalon Aluminum Nonstick Square Grill Pan. When you go this route, you’ll need to make sure the pan has a nonstick coating. The Calphalon has not one, but three layers of nonstick coating. You won’t have any trouble with food sticking to the pan with this model.
Next, you’ll want to consider the pan’s shape.
“As far as shape, I recommend the square or rectangular grill pan, as they have more surface area than a round or oval pan,” says Chernoff.
She goes on to point out that “the larger rectangular pans will cover two burners.” That makes them an excellent choice when cooking for a big family.
According to Chernoff, “the smaller, one-burner grill pans will have a handle, and the longer, the better. Those pans get hot and stay hot! This will, of course, make the pan heavier, so you will need a helper handle on the opposite side of the pan from the long handle, to make it easier to maneuver.” In addition to a long handle, Chernoff recommends choosing a pan with “nice deep ridges that will keep your food out of the grease that drips off during cooking.” The Cuisinart Chef’s Classic 12-Inch Round Grill Pan has a tapered drip-free rim that makes it a cinch to collect and pour out drippings.
Of course, there are also grill pans out there that are meant to be used just once. The disposable Weber Small Aluminum Drip Pans, for example, can be used with select grills to catch drippings, or used to prepare veggies or casseroles for a family picnic.
The Grill Pan Buying Guide
- Review any guarantees or warranties offered by the company. You may be pleasantly surprised to discover that some models actually come with a lifetime warranty.
- Make sure the grill pan you’re interested in fits your needs. Can it be used indoors on an oven, a grill or a stove? Can it be used outdoors on a grill or over a campfire?
- Check to see if the grill pan is dishwasher safe. Some models are and some aren’t. Those that must be washed by hand are easier to clean if they have been given time to soak in a dishpan of hot soapy water. Should you have any tough stuck-on foods to contend with, use baking soda and a non-abrasive sponge to remove them.
- Look to see whether your grill pan can be used with an induction cooktop. Some models aren’t compatible with induction cooking.
- Certain grill pans are not safe for use with metal utensils, as they may pull up the nonstick surface or causes scratches. It’s best to stick with wooden or plastic utensils.
- Check to make sure the product is PFOE free. You don’t want to chance harmful chemicals leaking into your grilled meals and veggies.
- Always review the maximum temperature the pan can be exposed to, as higher heats may cause the grill pans to crack. Many will list that they are oven safe up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit on their product packaging.
- Consider grill pans that come with a weighted press. This will allow you to cook bacon evenly or make a delicious panini sandwich.
- When it comes to price, you must take into consideration the material used to construct the pan, as well as the pan’s size. The Lodge Pro-Grid Cast Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle is priced higher than the Cuisinart Chef’s Classic 12-Inch Round Grill Pan and the Calphalon Aluminum Nonstick Square Grill Pan, as they are made out of aluminum and it is made out of a more durable cast iron. The Lodge grill pan also spans the length of two burners. On the lower end of the price range, you have the Weber Small Aluminum Drip Pans, which are made for one-time use only.
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